Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Tueday Recap

- from the official site of the LA Clippers

The Clippers worked out forwards Charlie Villanueva and Mindaugus Katelynas along with guards Larry O’Bannon and Earnest Shelton Tuesday morning at the team’s practice facility.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Clippers Host College Players

The Clippers have had a workout session with a couple of top candidates in this year’s upcoming draft. The Clippers hosted forwards Sean Banks, David Lee and Wayne Simien along with guard Donnell Taylor.

Wayne Simien is one of the top prospects in this year’s draft. Coming from Kansas, Simien has already thoroughly established himself on the collegiate level. Simien assisted Kansas to the Final Four in 2003. Last season, he was able to keep a 20.3 point average and 11.0 rebound average.

"I would love to be in L.A. and with the Clippers. I’m thankful that Mr. Elgin Baylor had me in for this workout. I often get compared to Elton Brand, so to learn from him and get to go up against him on a regular basis would be great. I’ve watched the team play a few times this year and think they’re on the way up.”
- Wayne Simien

Thursday, May 19, 2005

NBA Announces Early Entry Candidates For 2005 NBA Draft

- from NBA.com

The National Basketball Association announced today that 108 players, including 73 college and high school players and 35 international players, have filed as early entry candidates for NBA Draft 2005.

Underclassmen and international players wishing to renounce their remaining intercollegiate eligibility and enter NBA Draft 2005 were required to submit a letter to the NBA postmarked no later than Saturday, May 14. Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Maggette on IL

Corey Maggette was recently put on the injury list for torn ligament in his left wrist. Maggette’s average for points per game has been 22.1. He had his NBA debut in 1999 when he came from the wildly acclaimed Duke to join the ranks of the Orlando Magic. Maggete has been with the Clippers since.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

EuroLeague

Many coaches are getting together to try to find future draft picks. Possible veteran players and new incoming players of the EuroLeague are under consideration now as the season also is coming to a close.

"It's about talent," Clipper Coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We're here to see players."

This gives the team’s a chance to find scouts early on and this would be great for the Clippers if there are potentials.

"There are so many key people here from the NBA and the European teams, it's a great chance to build relationships. It's almost like an All-Star weekend."
-John Nash, general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The final four competition featured teams from host CSKA Moscow, Tau Ceramica of Vitoria, Spain, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Panathinaikos of Athens.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Elton Brand

- from the official site of the LA Clippers

"Typical" is a word not often thought of as a compliment, but it best sums up another stellar season from Elton Brand. Most NBA forwards would term a 20ppg and 9.5 rpg season as a "career year," but such numbers are par for the course with Brand. In 2004-05, the Clippers co-captain once again showed why he is one of the NBA's most reliable and dominant forces in the paint by finishing the season among the league's top 10 in double-doubles, blocks, offensive rebounds, total rebounds and efficiency. In addition, Elton also led his own team in field goal percentage, rebounding and blocked shots and was second in scoring behind Corey Maggette.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Shaun Livingston

Shaun Livingston ended last season being named the Western Conference got milk? Rookie of the Month for his valiant efforts during the month of April. Livingston ranked in the top five out of seven categories.

Recap of Livingston’s month (taken from the official site of the LA Clippers)

  • April 5 @ Charlotte: Scored 17 points and added nine assists, eight rebounds, six steals and one block in a 104-102 win over the Bobcats.
  • April 9 @ San Antonio: Tallied a career-high 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and one steal in a 125-124 double-overtime loss to the Spurs.
  • April 12 vs. Utah: Recorded 15 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and one steal in a 94-85 win over the Jazz.
  • April 20th @ New Orleans: Recorded 17 points, 3 assists, eight rebounds and one steal in the Clippers' season-ending 86-75 win over the Hornets.